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  • What is Throat Infection?

    Throat infection is the inflammation of the back of the throat. It typically results in a sore throat and fever. It is also known as sore throat or pharyngitis and is caused by either bacteria or viruses. Throat infection, or sore throat, usually occurs more often in people with weak immune systems.

    Throat infection is categorized by inflammation, redness, swelling, soreness, pus, or pain in the throat, which makes swallowing difficult. The infection may also cause tonsillitis.

    Bacterial or viral throat infections are usually contagious and can quickly spread from one person to another. Usually, a viral infection can recover on its own within a week, while bacterial infections may take time to recover with conservative methods or medications.

    Disease name

    Throat Infection

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    Tonsillectomy, Thyroidectomy


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    Throat Infection Diagnosis

    A healthcare provider usually suggests a variety of diagnostic tests before the throat infection treatment to understand the severity of the condition and the overall health of the patient. Some common diagnostic tests are as follows: 

    • Physical examination: A healthcare provider suggests a physical exam that involves using a lighted instrument to look at the throat, ears, and nasal passages. 
    • Strep test: In this test, a doctor checks for a group of A Streptococcus bacteria in your throat. The test is painless and takes very little time. During this test, a healthcare provider uses a tip of a specialized long cotton swab to wipe the back of your throat. After that, they use the swab to perform a rapid test or send the swab to a laboratory for testing. Positive test results show the presence of streptococcus bacteria. 

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    Throat Infection Treatment Options

    A throat infection can be caused due to a variety of reasons. The treatment may vary on the basis of severity and type of infection. Initially, an ENT doctor recommends conservative methods or medications to help relieve the condition. Some conservative methods to treat throat infections are mentioned below:

    Antibiotics are the primary and most effective treatment for throat infections caused by bacteria.

    Besides reducing fever and relieving cough, an over-the-counter drug may be prescribed to help treat bacterial throat infections.

    Throat infection caused by the virus will eventually get well on its own. However, the following actions could be taken into consideration in order to quicken the process:

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    Surgical Throat Infection Treatment

    Various surgical treatment options for throat infection are as follows:


    • Tonsillectomy: If you have recurrent tonsillitis, which is associated with high fever, sore throat, fever, muscle pain, etc., your surgeon might recommend a tonsillectomy. It can be performed by various methods, i.e., 


    • Radiofrequency tonsillectomy
    • Harmonic scalpel tonsillectomy
    • Electrocautery or cauterization tonsillectomy
    • Cold knife dissection tonsillectomy
    • Adenoidectomy: A doctor usually suggests an adenoidectomy if your adenoids are infected or swollen. This surgical procedure is very similar to tonsillectomy. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the infected adenoids. This is an outpatient procedure, and you can get discharged on the same day. 
    • Thyroidectomy: It is performed to remove the thyroid glands to treat the conditions of thyroid cancers, hyperthyroidism, thyroid nodules, severe thyroid inflammation, etc.
    • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP): It is a surgical procedure to treat sleep apnea caused by a throat infection. Sometimes, it is combined with tonsillectomy. 
    • Uvulectomy: A doctor usually recommends uvulectomy when the uvula gets infected or swollen and causes breathing difficulties. It is a surgical procedure to remove an infected uvula.

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    Benefits of Throat Infection Treatment

    Some common benefits of throat infection surgery are as follows:

    Preparation Before Throat Infection Treatment

    It is important to prepare yourself for throat infection surgery to avoid any chances of complications during the procedure. Being prepared for the surgery helps keep you calm during the procedure. Listed below are some preparation tips to follow to prepare for

    Recovery After Throat Infection Treatment

    Here are a few suggestions that can help boost your recovery after throat infection surgery: 

    Risk & Complications Associated with Throat Infection Surgery

    Throat infection surgeries are generally quite safe. However, they still accompany some risks. Listed below are some of the risks of throat infection surgery:

    Lifestyle Changes After Throat Infection Surgery

    After a throat infection surgery, the patient’s lifestyle will likely change in many ways. It is important to be aware of these changes and to make the necessary adjustments in order to ensure a successful recovery.

    Cost of Throat Infection Surgery

    The cost of throat infection surgery in India typically ranges from around INR 40,000 to INR  90,000. This is the estimated cost of surgery, the final cost can vary depending on various factors, including

    Non-Surgical Treatments for Throat Infection

    Signs of Throat Infection

    Symptoms of a sore throat can vary depending on the cause. Signs and symptoms might include:

    What Happens If Throat Infection Left Untreated?

    If throat thorat infection is left untreated, it can cause the following complications:

    Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Throat Infection Treatment

    It is important to consult your surgeon and ask the following questions to understand the severity of the condition and the risks and complications associated with it:


    FAQs about throat infection and treatment

    What is cost of throat surgery in India?

    Generally, the cost of throat surgery ranges from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 90,000. However, several factors can affect the total cost of surgery, including:

    • Severity of the infection
    • Severity of the symptoms
    • Additional treatments and surgeries being performed
    • Post-surgery care
    • Surgeon’s experience and fees
    • Cost of diagnostic tests
    • Insurance coverage

    Consult with the best ENT surgeon at Pristyn Care and get the estimated cost of throat infection surgery.

    What are the home remedies to cure throat infections?

    Some proven home remedies to cure throat infections are:

    • Drink plenty of warm fluids like soup, tea
    • Gargle with warm water and table salt
    • Lemon to boost immune system 
    • Use humidifier at home to open the sinus
    • Take ginger or honey tea

    Does throat infection always need surgical treatment?

    If a virus has caused the throat infection, it can go away within 4 to 5 days. Whereas, if bacteria has caused the infection, it may take a week or 10 days to get better. 

    How can I check my throat at home?

    Just ahead of the large muscle that runs diagonally from your ear to your collarbone, try to feel your lymph nodes using your thumb, index, and middle fingers. The swelling of your nodes indicates that you are infected.

    Can a throat infection stay for months?

    Yes. A throat infection is deemed chronic when a painful throat persists for more than three months. Allergies, acid reflux, environmental irritants, dry air, and stretched vocal cords are common causes of a persistent sore throat. Sometimes, a painful throat might be brought on by a more serious ailment, such as a tumor or HIV.

    How serious is a throat infection?

    If it is left untreated, it can lead to various complications like kidney inflammation, rheumatic fever, etc. High fever can lead to painful joints, heart-related problems, etc.

    What are the symptoms of throat infection?

    Some common symptoms of infection in the throat are as follows:

    • Pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat
    • Pain that worsens with swallowing or talking
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Sore, swollen glands in your neck or jaw
    • Swollen, red tonsils
    • White patches or pus on your tonsils
    • A hoarse or muffled voice

    How long will a throat infection last?

    It depends on the severity of the condition, viral pharyngitis often goes away in five to seven days. If you have bacterial pharyngitis, you may feel better after you have taken antibiotics for two to three days.  

    Is throat infection serious?

    Most of the throat infections are not serious, but severe symptoms can make breathing difficult. If the throat pain lasts longer than 3 weeks, then contact your healthcare provider and seek treatment help.

    How to reduce throat pain?

    Listed below are some home remedies that you can try to reduce throat pain:

    • Turmeric milk
    • Liquorice Root
    • Peppermint
    • Herbal Tea
    • Lemon Water
    • Cinnamon
    • Honey

    It is important to understand that you should not completely rely on home remedies. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, then you must consult your doctor and seek treatment help

    Can a throat infection stay for months?

    Yes. A throat infection is deemed chronic when a painful throat persists for more than three months. Allergies, acid reflux, environmental irritants, dry air, and stretched vocal cords are common causes of a persistent sore throat. 

    When to consult a doctor for a throat infection?

    If you experience any of the following symptoms, then you must consult your healthcare provider:


    • A sore throat that is severe or lasts longer than a week
    • Difficulty swallowing, breathing, opening your mouth
    • Joint pain
    • Earache
    • Rash
    • Fever higher than 101 F (38.3 C)
    • Blood in your saliva or phlegm
    • Frequently recurring sore throats
    • A lump in your neck
    • Hoarseness lasting more than two weeks
    • Swelling in your neck or face

    What are the main causes of throat infection?

    Some common causes of throat infection are as follows:

    • Allergies
    • Dryness
    • Irritants
    • Muscle strain
    • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
    • Tumors
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